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Sun Country to begin new nonstop service to upstate New York in time for excitement-filled spring getaways

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651-900-8400

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Buffalo, N.Y. October 19,  2021 – Sun Country Airlines (NASDAQ: SNCY) today announced that it will begin service to Buffalo Niagara International Airport (BUF) from Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP) beginning June 9, 2022. Introductory fares are as low as $69* one-way.

Today’s announcement is part of a larger expansion by the airline, as it announced 11 new nonstop routes and welcomed seven new airports to its growing network. In addition, the airline extended its booking calendar so travelers can plan and book flights now through early September 2022.

The new flight will operate twice weekly on Thursdays and Sundays.

“With more folks eager to resume leisure travel, we’re excited to be able to offer them another option to get away this spring and summer to enjoy the shores of Lake Erie and access to the great Niagara Falls State Park by visiting Buffalo,” said Sun Country Airlines Chief Revenue Officer Grant Whitney. “We know there is pent-up demand for convenient, affordable travel, and we’re here to help folks enjoy the vacations they’ve been dreaming about.”

With today’s expansion, Sun Country Airlines will operate a total of more than 100 routes and 80 airports in the United States, Mexico, Central America, Canada and the Caribbean.

“We are pleased to welcome Sun Country Airlines to the Buffalo Niagara International Airport family,” said Kimberley Minkel, executive director at the NFTA. “It is exciting for us to offer more travel choices in the post-pandemic environment and continue to be a major a catalyst for economic growth in our region.”

Sun Country’s customer experience includes free in-flight entertainment, complimentary nonalcoholic beverage service, a new mobile-friendly website with more self-service tools, and new interiors on each aircraft. Sun Country provides safe, reliable, hassle-free flights at affordable prices with warm and friendly service. The airline’s mission is to connect guests to their favorite people and places, to create lifelong memories and transformative experiences.

This new route and all routes are on sale now at suncountry.com.

The new seasonal route:

To Buffalo Niagara International Airport (BUF)

  • From Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP)
    • Service begins June 9, 2022
    • Operates twice weekly on Thursdays and Sundays
    • One-way fares as low as $69*

 

  • Fares are valid for one-way travel and are inclusive of all government taxes and fees.
  • Must be purchased by 11:59 pm CT (Central Time) on November 2, 2021.
  • Additional baggage and other service fees may apply.
  • Seats are limited, and fare may not be available on all flights or dates within the travel range.
  • Valid for new bookings only.
  • Fares, routes and schedules are subject to change without notice.

Sun Country Airlines is a new breed of hybrid low-cost air carrier that dynamically deploys shared resources across our synergistic scheduled service, charter and cargo businesses. Based in Minnesota, we focus on serving leisure and visiting friends and relatives ("VFR") passengers and charter customers and providing cargo CMI services, with flights throughout the United States and to destinations in Mexico, Central America, Canada, and the Caribbean.

For photos, b-roll and additional company information, visit www.suncountryview.com/multimedia.

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October 28th, 2021, Board Meeting

For Immediate Release                                                  October 8, 2021

 

Meetings of the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority’s Board of Commissioners have been scheduled for Thursday, October 28, 2021, in the sixth-floor Board Room/Main Conference Room at the NFTA, 181 Ellicott Street, Buffalo, N.Y. There will be a Combined Committee Meeting at 10:00 a.m. and a Board Meeting at 12:30 p.m. Commissioners of the NFTA may choose to meet in person or participate remotely. The NFTA Chair (or Acting Chair), Executive Director, and essential staff of the NFTA will be present in person. The meetings are not open to the public but can be viewed and listened to by accessing the NFTA’s website at www.nfta.com. The meeting will be recorded and later transcribed.

 

For Immediate Release                                                  October 5, 2021

 

MEDIA ADVISORY              

 

The following meetings of the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority’s Board of Commissioners have been scheduled for October 28, 2021.  All meetings will be held in-person in the sixth-floor Board Room at the NFTA located at 181 Ellicott Street, Buffalo, NY, unless otherwise indicated.

 

Thursday, October 28                      Combined Committee Meeting

                                                            10:00 a.m.

 

                                                            Board Meeting

                                                            12:30 p.m.

 

                 

Revised Schedule - Board Meeting

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                September 14, 2021

The following meetings of the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority’s Board of Commissioners have been scheduled for September 23, 2021.  There will be a Combined Committee Meeting at 10:00 a.m. and a Board Meeting at 12:30 p.m., both of which will be held telephonically by conference call. Only the Executive Director, Chair (or Acting Chair), Commissioners of the NFTA, and essential staff of the NFTA will be permitted to be present in-person for the meeting in the sixth-floor Board Room/Main Conference Room at the NFTA, 181 Ellicott Street, Buffalo, N.Y. The public will have the ability to view and listen to the meeting by accessing the NFTA’s website at www.nfta.com. The meeting will be recorded and later transcribed.

NFTA-Metro is Reaching Out to the Public

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                    September 13, 2021

BUFFALO, N.Y. - Metro Bus and Rail is looking for input regarding the extension of high-quality transit service in the Buffalo-Amherst-Tonawanda Corridor. Metro is holding two virtual public sessions to review the scope of the project and provide an opportunity for public comment, both on Wednesday, September 15. The first will run from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. The second will run from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. An information packet, along with meeting registration information and instructions for participating in the meetings, is available at the project website, www.nftametrotransitexpansion.com. Interested participants can also call (716) 855-7382.

Topics for the scoping sessions will include the transit expansion’s purpose and need, the identification of alternatives, the environmental benefits and impacts to be evaluated, and any other project-related issues or analysis.

The public scoping period continues through 4:00 p.m. October 14, 2021. Written comments can be e-mailed to transitexpansion@nfta.com, provided via the online comment form at www.nftametrotransitexpansion.com or mailed to:

Metro Transit Expansion Project
c/o Service Planning
Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority
181 Ellicott Street

Buffalo, NY 14203

MEDIA ADVISORY              

The following meetings of the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority’s Board of Commissioners have been scheduled for September 2021.  All meetings will be held at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport in the BNIA Boardroom, Room #2E76 (Pre-Security)

 

 

Thursday, September 23                  Audit, Governance and Finance Committee Meeting

                                                            10:00 a.m.

 

                                                            Property Committee Meeting

                                                            10:30 a.m.

                                               

                                                            Surface Transportation Committee Meeting

                                                            11:00 a.m.

 

                                                            Aviation Committee Meeting

                                                            11:30 a.m.

                                               

                                                            Board Meeting

                                                            12:30 p.m.

Feedback From the Public Will Shape Transit Improvements

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                      August 20, 2021

BUFFALO, N.Y.- NFTA-Metro is embarking on a comprehensive service improvement plan that when complete, will result in a modern, robust and sustainable transit system, designed to reflect the need and priorities of the Western New York community in the near future.

NFTA has already conducted several months of community engagement in order to understand rider and community needs and priorities. This effort began with a survey in May and June where over 600 people weighed in to tell us about their needs and priorities. In July, NFTA shared a variety of routes alternatives and options and received feedback from the public about which options they preferred. After considering all of this input, NFTA has developed a series of route change proposals, and we are now seeking a final round of input.

Riders and community members can view detailed proposals at metro.nfta.com/2021 network and provide comments right on the map. In addition, you can email us at planning@nfta.com, call Customer Care to provide a statement at (716) 855-7211, or write us a letter at Service Planning, 181 Ellicott St, Buffalo NY 14203.

There will be a total of three hearings, one virtual, and two in person, both Niagara and Erie Counties. The virtual meetings will take place on Monday, August 23, the second at the Portage Road Transportation Center in Niagara Falls (1162 Portage Road), and finally on Wednesday, August 25 at the Metropolitan Transportation Center (181 Ellicott) in downtown Buffalo. All hearings will take place at 5:30 p.m.  

A link to the hearings will be available on our website, www.nfta.com.

For more details on Transit Improvements, here’s a link to the special website: https://metro.nfta.com/2021network

 

 

Aircraft Rescue Firefighting Seeks Candidates

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                             July 27, 2021  

 

BUFFALO, N.Y. – The Buffalo Niagara International Airport’s elite Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting team is preparing to hold an exam for candidates. ARFF responds to aircraft incidents, structural fires, motor vehicle accidents, hazardous material incidents, rescues, and emergency medical requests. The exam is used to find qualified candidates. Successful applicants will attend the fire academy. The written exam dates are below. Physical agility test will follow on separate date. An application fee $25 is required, made payable to the NFTA.

 

Application Deadline:                August 9

Exam Dates:                            Friday, August 27 or  Saturday, August 28

 

Additional information can be found at fire.nfta.com     

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                   July 27, 2021

(Niagara Falls, N.Y.) — Western New York artist Jalen Law will reveal his completed mural inside the waiting area of the NFTA-Metro Portage Road Transportation Center at a media conference hosted by the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority (NFTA-Metro) and the Niagara Falls National Heritage Area (NFNHA). The conference will be held on July 28 at 1:30 p.m. at the Transportation Center located at 1162 Portage Road, Niagara Falls, New York. 

Law’s intentions for the mural included creating a piece of artwork that would resonate with all of the different people of the Niagara Falls community and empower them to make their voices heard. The incredible artwork that fills the space with beauty, color, and visual interest includes an interactive element — a QR code that viewers can scan to provide feedback. 

At the press conference, Law will be joined by several community leaders who will share more information about the project and reveal the finalized artwork. 

See previous press release for more information. For media files, visit here.

About Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority (NFTA-Metro)

NFTA-Metro serves 24 million people each year in Erie and Niagara counties, and is made up of 1,000 employees including operators, planners, mechanics, technicians, and specialists responsible for delivering service, and working diligently to make it easy for our customers to experience the highest level of public transportation. The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) awarded NFTA-Metro with the top gold award in its 2020 Bus and Rail Safety & Security Excellence Awards. which is given to organizations with the best overall safety or security programs.

About Niagara Falls National Heritage Area & NF Murals

The NF Murals project is part of Niagara Falls Heritage Arts, the public art initiative of the Niagara Falls National Heritage Area (NFNHA). The NFNHA facilitates partnerships between artists, public and private organizations, and community members and stakeholders to envision and create public art, impacting the cultural landscape with pieces that reflect and honor the history and legacy of Niagara Falls. Learn more at nfmurals.org & discoverniagara.org.

About Jalen Law

Jalen Law is an artist with 5 years of related work experience, as well as a portfolio of varied accomplishments including referenced publications, exhibitions, and academic achievements. His recent mural, “Calvin ‘Pop’ Porter,” was created in 2020 and is located at Main & Depot Avenue alongside 13 other murals. Law possesses a strong sense of artistry and forward-thinking, that is consistently displayed across all art pieces. He also works with clients for customized art works. His portfolio can be viewed at TheJalenLawCollection.com.

 

 

Board Meeting Schedule for July 22, 2021 In-Person

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                               

                                                            

 MEDIA ADVISORY                                                             July 8, 2021

 

The following meetings of the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority’s Board of Commissioners have been scheduled for July 22, 2021.  All meetings will be conducted in-person in the sixth-floor Board Room/Main Conference Room at the NFTA located at 181 Ellicott Street, Buffalo, NY, unless otherwise indicated.

 

Thursday, July 22                             Combined Committee Meeting

                                                        10:30 a.m.

                                               

                                                        Board Meeting

                                                        12:30 p.m.

 

 

Ribbon Cutting Marks Biggest Airport Improvements Since the 1990’s

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                             June 18, 2021

BUFFALO, N.Y., - This morning, leaders from the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority (NFTA) were joined by government, business, and civic partners to officially cut the ribbon and unveil the Buffalo Niagara International Airport’s (BNIA) terminal enhancements. This event has even more significance this year, as Western New York looks forward, following a difficult year as a result of COVID-19. Today’s event provided an opportunity to celebrate the upgrades to our beloved airport. The $71.7 million dollar project boasts the following:

  • 75,000 square feet of new and renovated space on the first and second floors of the passenger terminals.
  • Improved critical traveler issues including security, pedestrian flow, curbside congestion, and baggage claim capacity.
  • Will help lead the way for the region’s economic recovery.

Kimberly A. Minkel, NFTA Executive Director said, “This is an exciting day for the Buffalo Airport and our community, as the improvements will help us provide best in class aviation and continue to serve those traveling to and from Western New York. Our airport is now well positioned to play a critical role in our community’s post-pandemic economic recovery.”

"These significant enhancements are all part of a greater effort to make the visitor experience more safe, efficient, and enjoyable," said Senator Tim Kennedy. "As the Chair of the Senate Transportation Committee, I’m pleased to see New York investing in projects that will improve travel and streamline accessibility, and I applaud the strong commitment the NFTA is making to strengthen our transportation connections across the nation."

Congressman Brian Higgins said, “The Buffalo Niagara International Airport serves as a gateway to the Western New York community.  These infrastructure investments improve operational efficiencies, help strengthen regional economic opportunities and serve to improve the welcome and welcome home experience for visitors and residents alike.”

When travelling returns to pre-COVID levels, BNIA will continue to generate 1 billion dollars into the region’s economy annually. Many BNIA travelers are Canadian tourists who bring outside spending to the region, especially at local hotels, restaurants, and retail establishments.

This outside spending helps stimulate the local economy, create local jobs, and generate additional tax revenue for the region and state. The airport revenue generated from increased airport activity will foster a more sustainable financial future for the airport as well as the NFTA, which also operates the Buffalo region’s public transit system.

Ribbon Cutting Marks Biggest Airport Improvements Since the 1990’s

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                             June 15, 2021

 

NFTA UNVEILS ENHANCEMENTS AT BUFFALO AIRPORT

Ribbon Cutting Marks Biggest Airport Improvements Since the 1990’s 

 

What:   Ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the opening of the new and improved Buffalo Airport Terminal                    Enhancements.

Who:    NFTA Leaders, Congressman Brian Higgins, Senator Tim Kennedy, along with other government,                    civic, and community leaders.

Where: New Meet and Greet Area, which is located pre-security on the east side of the terminal                                past the Southwest Airlines check-in counter at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport.

When: Friday, June 18th, 11:00 a.m.

 

***All event procedures will follow proper social distancing and all guests are asked to wear face coverings.

 ***Members of the media should park in the short-term parking lot and bring in your ticket for validation.

 

For Immediate Release                                                                                     June 2, 2021


For more information contact:
Helen Tederous, NFTA
716-349-0001
Helen.Tederous@nfta.com

 

NFTA Board Meeting on June 24, 2021

                         

In keeping with the guidance and directives of local, state, and national health authorities including the Centers for Disease Control relating to COVID-19 and pursuant to Executive Order No. 202.1, issued by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority’s (the “NFTA”) Board of Commissioners meeting scheduled for June 24, 2021. There will be a Combined Committee Meeting at 11:00 a.m. and Board Meeting at 12:30 p.m., both of which will be held telephonically by conference call. Only the Executive Director, Chair (or Acting Chair), Commissioners of the NFTA, and essential staff of the NFTA will be permitted to be present in-person for the meeting. The public will have the ability to view and listen to the meeting by accessing the NFTA’s website at www.nfta.com. The meeting will be recorded and later transcribed.

 

Complimentary Transportation Offers Tourists Easy Way to Explore Sights and Attractions

NEWS RELEASE                                               May 28, 2021

 

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. - The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority announced its seasonal launch of Metro’s Trolley Service to guests staying at participating Niagara Falls hotels and motels beginning Friday, May 28.   Metro’s Niagara Falls Trolley buses will serve Niagara Falls Boulevard, Pine Avenue, the Niagara Falls International Airport and downtown Niagara Falls, USA.

Special Trolley stop signs along the route indicate where riders can board a Metro trolley.  

In downtown Niagara Falls, stops include the Aquarium of Niagara Falls, the Seneca Niagara Casino, and across from the Niagara Falls USA Official Visitor Center at First and Rainbow.  Service will also be provided to hotels and shops along Third Street, Rainbow Blvd. and Buffalo Avenue. In addition, stops are located along Pine Avenue, at the Fashion Outlets of Niagara Falls, several motels along Niagara Falls Boulevard and Little Italy. 

Patrons receive their free 2021 trolley day passes upon request at participating hotels and motels.  The trolley pass, supported by the local Niagara Falls bed tax, allows pass holders free access to the trolley service and the entire Metro Bus and Rail system in Niagara and Erie Counties.  Passes must be validated in Niagara County and may be used anytime on the date the pass is punched by the Metro operator.

“We are excited for our favorite time of the year,” said Frank Strangio, President of the Niagara Falls Hotel Association and Owner of Wingate by Wyndham & Quality Inn Hotels.  “The annual launch of Metro’s Niagara Falls trolley service is a signal that the tourism season is upon us.  We are so enthusiastic to once again partner with the NFTA on one of the most popular and successful services for the tourism industry in Niagara Falls, USA.  Metro’s trolley serves hotels, motels, and attractions throughout Niagara Falls, making it easy for visitors to travel around the city.  As we slowly return to normal it is the perfect opportunity to kick start our businesses in Niagara Falls and welcome tourists back to our world class destination.”

“Metro’s trolley service offers an efficient and easy travel option for hotel guests and visitors to explore and sightsee within the City of Niagara Falls and throughout Western New York,” said Tom George, NFTA’s Director of Public Transit.  “We are looking forward to serving the community’s transportation needs during the upcoming busy tourism season.”

Operation hours are from 9 a.m. until midnight as follows: May 28-June 13 (Fri-Sun), June 14 - Sept. 26 (Daily) and Oct. 1-31 (Fri-Sun).  All trolley route maps and schedules can be found online at nfta.com/metro, #NFTrolley, or upon visiting the Niagara USA Visitors Center at 10 Rainbow Blvd.

Those without a trolley day pass can ride the trolley by paying Metro's regular adult fare of $2, $1 for children (5-11 yrs.), seniors (65 yrs. and over), disabled and Medicare clients with valid I.D. All other Metro passes are also valid.  Children four and younger ride free, limit three children per fare paying adult.

MEDIA ADVISORY May 27, 2021

What: The Niagara Falls International Airport is holding a disaster training exercise. The drill is held every three years to assess the capabilities of the airport, and its ability to work directly with other emergency services and the 914th Air Refueling Wing.

All communication coming out of the local emergency services will identify training activities as a drill.

When: Friday, May 28, 2021. The exercise will begin at 8:30 a.m. and is expected to last until noon.

For Immediate Release

 

May 11, 2011

 

For more information contact:

Helen Tederous, NFTA

716-349-0001                                                                                                             
Helen.Tederous@nfta.com    

                        

NFTA Board Meeting on May 27, 2021

 

In keeping with the guidance and directives of local, state, and national health authorities including the Centers for Disease Control relating to COVID-19 and pursuant to Executive Order No. 202.1, issued by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority’s (the “NFTA”) Board of Commissioners meeting scheduled for May 27, 2021. There will be a Combined Committee Meeting at 11:00 a.m. and Board Meeting at 12:30 p.m., both of which will be held telephonically by conference call. Only the Executive Director, Chair (or Acting Chair), Commissioners of the NFTA, and essential staff of the NFTA will be permitted to be present in-person for the meeting. The public will have the ability to view and listen to the meeting by accessing the NFTA’s website at www.nfta.com. The meeting will be recorded and later transcribed.

 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 11, 2021

Jalen Law Selected to Create Mural Inside NFTA-Metro Portage Road Transportation Center

(Niagara Falls, NY) — The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority (NFTA-Metro) and the Niagara Falls National Heritage Area (NFNHA) have selected Jalen Law, a local, professional artist, to create a new mural inside the Portage Road Transportation Center. Based on his portfolio and prior engagement in the Niagara Falls community, Law was selected from a group of artists who responded to NFTA-Metro and NFNHA’s call for artists at the end of 2020.

NFTA-Metro and NFNHA will be hosting a press conference on Monday, May 17, when Jalen will begin putting the mural onto the wall of the Transportation Center.

Initially, the intent for the mural was to improve the appearance of the Center’s indoor waiting area, generating feelings of comfort, safety, and pride. But with Law onboard, the project has evolved to truly connect with the residents of Niagara Falls, empowering them to have their voices heard through an interactive element that allows the public to provide feedback.

“I hope that this newest piece can ultimately be a vehicle for discussion,” he said. “Art has an amazing capability to spark conversations that can eventually lead to positive change. I’m intending to make a piece that is authentic, honest, and can truly speak to all different types of people.”

Ultimately, the mural will be a way for the community to express itself. Saladin Allah, project coordinator for the NF Murals project, has been working alongside Law in making sure the piece is meaningful and impactful for the city.

“The NF Murals project has been all about portraying the city’s people and history and celebrating the vibrancy of our community,” said Allah. “This mural is going to continue that mission, and it’s great that it’s going in a location that is seen by so many people on a daily basis.”

The location of the piece is strategic — the Portage Road Transportation Center sees over 2,000 boardings per week, to and from Buffalo and within Niagara Falls and Niagara County. Ally Spongr, project director of NFNHA, emphasized that this location is purposeful.

“The Center is central to the community,” she said. “The piece will be incredibly visible and will be able to inspire countless visitors. That’s why we are also including a QR code on the piece. Viewers will be able to scan the code and visit a webpage where they can provide feedback to us that we can take into consideration for future projects.”

NFTA-Metro is looking forward to the impact that the new artwork will have not only on the Portage Road Transportation Center, but on the transportation system in general.

“This project is a great way to enhance our transit center to create an environment that the community will be proud to use while accessing our system,” said Tom George, NFTA’s director of public transportation. “The artwork will provide a friendlier, more inviting atmosphere, while also offering a glimpse into the rich history and unique characteristics of the surrounding neighborhoods, adding positivity to the daily experience of the many people who use the NFTA-Metro services.”

About Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority (NFTA-Metro)

NFTA-Metro serves 24 million people each year in Erie and Niagara counties, and is made up of 1,000 employees including operators, planners, mechanics, technicians, and specialists responsible for delivering service, and working diligently to make it easy for our customers to experience the highest level of public transportation. The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) awarded NFTA-Metro with the top gold award in its 2020 Bus and Rail Safety & Security Excellence Awards. which is given to organizations with the best overall safety or security programs.

About Niagara Falls Heritage Arts

Niagara Falls Heritage Arts is the public art initiative of the Niagara Falls National Heritage Area. Local artists submit concepts and create powerful murals in our community, sharing the story of Niagara Falls with messages of compassion, social justice and freedom. Learn more at nfmurals.org & discoverniagara.org.

About Jalen Law

Jalen Law is an artist with 5 years of related work experience, as well as a portfolio of varied accomplishments including referenced publications, exhibitions, and academic achievements. He has already worked on a couple of murals located throughout Niagara Falls, including “Black Lives Matter” at Main and Depot and “Calvin ‘Pop’ Porter” on the east side of Main Street. Law possesses a strong sense of artistry and forward-thinking, that is consistently displayed across all art pieces. He also works with clients for customized art works. His portfolio can be viewed at TheJalenLawCollection.com.

 

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NFTA Seeking Continued Public Input as Important First Steps in the Beautification of the Freedom Wall Take Shape

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                   May 6, 2021

Senator Kennedy, NFTA Announce State Funding For Improvements at Buffalo’s Freedom Wall

Funding from Senator Tim Kennedy Will Help The Michigan Street African American Heritage Corridor Commission, The East Side Garden Walk and the NFTA Improve the Area Around This Inspiring Landmark

NFTA Seeking Continued Public Input as Important First Steps in the Beautification of the Freedom Wall Take Shape 

BUFFALO, N.Y., - The NFTA and Senator Tim Kennedy joined leadership from the Michigan Street African American Heritage Corridor Commission (MSAAHCC) and the East Side Garden Walk (ESGW) Thursday to announce $366,000 in state funding for the beautification of Buffalo’s Freedom Wall, an important and moving mural that celebrates our nation’s historic and ongoing struggles for political and social equality. With this state funding, the NFTA Board of Commissioners was able to award a design contract to Watts Architecture and Engineering, a progressive, minority owned local firm for $33,840 to design plans to improve the sidewalk area along the Freedom Wall.

The work includes:

  • Reconstruction of the area between the concrete wall and street curbing.
  • Installation of LED lighting to accent the wall portraits.
  • Replacement of worn street curbing and improvement of sidewalk accessibility.

“The Freedom Wall is a celebration and a tribute to the African American civil rights leaders, past and present, who have transformed the fight for social justice and equality. I’m proud to have secured this funding for the enhancement and beautification of this powerful mural, so that

its vision can truly be showcased and amplified in the Michigan Street African American Heritage Corridor,” said Senator Tim Kennedy.

“The Freedom Wall is  the most significant public art display in Western New York, says Samantha White, East Side Garden Walk.  It beautifully illustrates both the strength and struggles here in our community, and in our nation, and because of that, it needs to be well cared for, beautifully obtained, and continuously improved. The input from the community meetings so far have shown a significant amount of enthusiastic interest among the community to work together to maintain and improve the area around the wall and thanks to a grant from Senator Tim Kennedy, resources will be available to make those needed improvements.”

“We are so grateful to Senator Kennedy who continuously fights for important and meaningful funding for projects like the beloved Freedom Wall,” said Kim Minkel, NFTA Executive Director. “Thanks to Senator Kennedy we will have the money needed to improve the curb appeal around the Freedom Wall. This moving public art project has become a major destination in Western New York, and we are proud to be part of the Freedom Wall and all it represents.”

As with any successful public project, community input is essential. The NFTA has created a special survey to gather public opinion, so it can hear from as many people as possible on added elements and improvements at the Freedom Wall. Please click here to provide valued feedback. Your viewpoint is important and will help direct this important project.  

As an advocate for the community, the Michigan Street African American Heritage Corridor Commission endeavors to integrate the African American cultural significance and impact on Buffalo’s history through public engagement, community education that will encourage cultural appreciation, preservation, and community development.

The East Side Garden Walk is an annual self-guided garden tour that aims to create a more vibrant and beautiful community by sharing gardens, stories, and the spirit of perseverance with those from within and outside the east side community and neighborhoods. The ESGW is one way for East Side residents to take control of the narrative that proving community activism can also begin with a garden.

 

 

 

MEDIA ADVISORY                                     May 5, 2021

 

What:      We are excited to announce state funding secured by Senator Tim Kennedy that will                              allow us to improve the area around the Freedom Wall.  The work includes                                                reconstruction of  the area between the concrete wall and street curbing, installation                                  of LED lighting to accent the wall portraits, replacement of worn street curbing, and                                 improvement of sidewalk accessibility.

 

Who:      Join leaders from the NFTA, Senator Tim Kennedy, Michigan Street African American Heritage                        Corridor Commission (MSAAHCC) and the East Side Garden        Walk (ESWG).          

 

Where:    Freedom Wall, Cold Spring Bus Facility, 1547 Michigan Ave.

 

When:       Thursday, May 6th, 2:00 p.m.

***All event procedures will follow proper social distancing and all guests are asked to wear face coverings.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                       April 22, 2021           

       

 

BUFFALO, N.Y., - The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority announced that Rachel Maloney has been named Manager, Bus and Special Operations.

Rachel is joining Metro operations from the Planning Department where she has been both a Senior Transportation Planner and the Project Manager of Metro’s largest project in a generation, the Amherst Rail Extension project. 

“Rachel’s leadership and professionalism along with her experience as a regular rider of the system will provide tremendous opportunities for advancement of bus operations at Metro as she brings first-hand knowledge to addressing the challenges our riders and employees experience on a daily basis” said Tom George, Director, Public Transportation, NFTA. “It’s wonderful to see her leverage her transit knowledge and previous experience to position our organization for future success.”

With a decade of transportation planning experience, Rachel has been responsible for a wide range of transit activities. She has been influential in multiple long-term planning projects and studies, facility construction, grant management, and public engagement including the establishment of a Citizens Advisory Committee. 

Prior to coming to the NFTA nine years ago, Rachel worked for the Erie Metropolitan Transit Authority as the Grants and Planning Manager and Paratransit Manager in the LIFT Division.  She is a dedicated transit professional who will put the NFTA and its riders in the best position to succeed. 

Rachel holds a master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the University at Buffalo and is an adjunct professor. She is a graduate of the American Public Transit Association’s Emerging Leaders Program and serves on the American Lung Association Leadership Board and is the Fight for Air Climb Co-Chair. She is also a Buffalo Business First 40 Under 40 recipient.

Survey Results Will Provide Valuable Rider Feedback

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                   

 

BUFFALO, N.Y., - The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority is inviting the public to participate in its annual Metro bus and rail customer satisfaction surveys. The surveys cover a variety of topics ranging from scheduling and wait-times to safety and cleanliness. This year, the survey also includes a section dedicated to service during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Customers can take the online surveys by visiting nfta.com through May 9.

“We encourage customers to take our survey, said Tom George, Director of Public Transit. The survey helps us collect important feedback from our customers and provides valuable insight on how we can better serve our riding community in the future.”

Survey respondents are eligible to enter a drawing to win Metro monthly passes by including a valid email address or phone number. Only one entry per person. All respondent information will remain confidential and will not be used for any other purpose. Pass winners will be notified by June 30.

The NFTA is conducting the surveys in conjunction with the American Bus Benchmarking Group.  The ABBG is compiled of 17+ medium-sized bus agencies within North America that benchmark performance and share experiences and best practices.

About NFTA-Metro

NFTA-Metro serves 24 million people each year in Erie and Niagara counties, and is made up of 1,000 employees including operators, planners, mechanics, technicians, and specialists responsible for delivering service, and working diligently to make it easy for our customers to experience the highest level of public transportation. The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) awarded NFTA-Metro with the top gold award in its 2020 Bus and Rail Safety & Security Excellence Awards. which is given to organizations with the best overall safety or security programs.

 

Employee injury rates hit an all time low for 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE             April 12, 2021

BUFFALO, N.Y. - The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority recorded its best safety performance year ever during 2020. Recordable Injuries decreased by 16%, lost workday injuries decreased by 11%, and days away due to injuries decreased by 37%. All NFTA employees contributed to this achievement, and demonstrates the unwavering attention that our employees devote to keeping themselves and our customers safe every day.

“The health and safety of the NFTA’s employees and our customers is our top priority,” said Kim Minkel, NFTA executive director. “We are proud of this remarkable accomplishment, especially during these difficult times.”

Every NFTA and Metro location reported a significant decline in employee injury rates, showing their dedication to upholding high safety standards.

Highlights of 2020 Achievements:

Recordable Injuries decreased by 16%

Lost Workday Injuries decreased by 11%

Days Away Due to Injuries decreased by 37%

 

 

PHOTO/VIDEO OPPORTUNITY & PRESS RELEASE


Renovated Main/Seneca Metro Rail Stations
to be Unveiled March 29  

Merchants Insurance Group invites you to the ribbon cutting for the recently renovated Metro Rail stations at Main near Seneca streets.

 

What:        Unveiling of Renovated “Merchants Insurance Group” Metro Rail Stations,

Main Street @ Seneca

 

When:       Date:   Monday, March 29, 2021

Times: 9 A.M.—Registration & Availability for Media Questions

10 A.M.—Event Begins

 

Where:      Merchants Insurance Group, 250 Main Street, Buffalo, N.Y.

                  Parking:  Main-Seneca Parking Lot

 

FOR RELEASE:

Embargoed Until March 29, 2021

 

Merchants Insurance Group helps the NFTA, the city and the local economy with renovation work on Main/Seneca street Metro Rail stations.

 

Buffalo, N.Y. — March 29, 2021— Merchants Insurance Group, partnering with the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority (NFTA), unveiled the enhanced Main/Seneca Metro Rail stations in downtown Buffalo, New York outside of Merchants’ corporate headquarters. The occasion was marked with a ceremonial ribbon-cutting by Merchants’ President and CEO Robert M. Zak, and Kim Minkel, Executive Director at the NFTA.

“This block of Main Street has been the home for Merchants’ headquarters for more than 90 years” commented Zak. “Our objective in completing this project is to contribute to the ongoing resurgence of downtown Buffalo.”

"It's imperative that we continue to see strong investment throughout our transportation corridors, and this partnership with Merchants Insurance Group is a demonstration not only of their commitment to the City of Buffalo, but to the transit riders that use these networks every day," said Senator Tim Kennedy, Chair of the Senate Transportation Committee.  

"This partnership illustrates Merchants Insurances’ commitment to the Western New York Community,” said Minkel. “We are so appreciative because this beautiful, improved station provides us with a new creative source of revenue and helps us continue to maximize public transportation to better connect people within our community.”

The work on the stations, which are located on the northbound and southbound Metro Rail lines on Main Street between Seneca Street and Swan Street, has been in process for more than a year. The stations were designed to complement the Merchants headquarters building and were rejuvenated with Merchants’ branding through logo wraps and signage, as well as fresh paint in “Merchants Maroon.”

Merchants’ logo signage adorns the top of each station. Scaled-down versions of Merchants’ iconic vertical sign on the front of its headquarters were installed on the side of each station. The signs will be illuminated by solar panels designed and installed by Western New York-based Solar Liberty Energy Solutions Inc., through National Grid. Merchants’ use of an environmentally friendly power source is a continuation of its efforts to reduce its eco-footprint through a variety of initiatives including solar panels on its headquarters’ roof and digitizing insurance transactions.

As a small business insurer, working with local businesses for this project was a priority for Merchants, especially given the COVID-19 pandemic. Buffalo-based branding, advertising, and digital marketing firm Abbey Mecca provided the creative design and project management. Work progressed successfully despite the pandemic, and Merchants and Abbey Mecca worked with several local businesses including Solar Liberty, RW Painting Inc., Streamline Designs, and ASI Signage Installations.

Merchants’ local sourcing for this endeavor is in line with its deep-rooted value of community. Founded in downtown Buffalo more than one hundred years ago in 1918, Merchants values its longstanding role in the Buffalo and Western New York community. The company employs local businesses as frequently as it can on undertakings such as the Metro Rail station renovation, its recent reproduction of its historic vertical blade sign, and its rooftop solar paneling. Merchants also regularly participates in local philanthropic causes and local nonprofit sponsorships.

Merchants’ focus on rejuvenating the train stations is in keeping with other nearby businesses who have worked to improve the foot of Main Street in downtown Buffalo, including Douglas Development, Crowley Webb, Priam Enterprises, and Buffalo Place. These five entities funded the removal of the windscreen from the east side of the 200 block of Main St. near the Metro Rail stations

 

Merchants Insurance Group’s Buffalo, N.Y. corporate headquarters office supports the local economy by employing more than two hundred colleagues in the area.

 

About Merchants Insurance Group
Merchants Insurance Group is composed of Merchants Mutual Insurance Company, Merchants Preferred Insurance Company, and Merchants National Insurance Company. The companies offer personal and commercial insurance through a network of more than 1,000 independent insurance agents throughout the Northeast and North Central United States, with corporate headquarters and regional operations located in Buffalo, and Hauppauge, N.Y.; Mount Laurel, N.J.; and Bedford, N.H.  www.MerchantsGroup.com

 

About NFTA

The NFTA is a regional multi-modal transportation authority responsible for airport and surface transportation in Erie and Niagara counties. NFTA/NFTM businesses include a bus, rail and paratransit system, the Buffalo Niagara International Airport, and the Niagara Falls International Airport. In 2018, a J.D. Power study ranked the Buffalo Niagara International Airport number one in customer satisfaction for medium sized airports in North America. www.NFTA.com

 

 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                             March 5, 2021

 

 

In keeping with the guidance and directives of local, state, and national health authorities including the Centers for Disease Control relating to COVID-19 and pursuant to Executive Order No. 202.1, issued by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority’s (the “NFTA”) Board of Commissioners meeting scheduled for March 25, 2021, at 12:30 p.m. will be held telephonically by conference call.  Only the Executive Director, Chair (or Acting Chair), Commissioners of the NFTA, and essential staff of the NFTA will be permitted to be present in-person for the meeting.  The public will have the ability to view and listen to the meeting by accessing the NFTA’s website at www.nfta.com.  The meeting will be recorded and later transcribed.  

 

Authority’s Purchase of 10 Battery-Electric Buses Marks a Major Environmental Milestone

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                             February 26, 2021

 

BUFFALO, N.Y. – The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority has agreed to purchase 10 battery-electric buses to be delivered in 2022 from New Flyer of America Inc., at a cost of $10.1 million dollars. The Agreement includes an option to purchase up to 140 additional buses over a five-year period.

This is a major milestone in New York State’s and the NFTA’s ongoing effort to improve air quality for all.

“The purchase of the buses will help reduce Western New York’s carbon footprint,” said NFTA Executive Director Kim Minkel, this is a major step forward for us and a move in alignment with Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s ongoing commitment for statewide clean energy. We are grateful to our elected officials, like Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, Senator Tim Kennedy, Assemblywoman Crystal Peoples-Stokes, the entire WNY delegation along with our business and community partners for their help to make this happen.”

Senator Chuck Schumer:

Thanks to federal resources I fought hard to secure Western New York commuters who can now ride on a fleet of clean, electric, zero-emission electric buses,” said Senator Schumer. “I remain steadfast in my commitment to secure funding for the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority and other Upstate transit agencies to reduce dirty fossil fuels and ensure safer, faster and cleaner rides and better access for all.”

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand:

“I have long fought for funding for the NFTA, which provides essential transportation services for Western New Yorkers. Not only will these electric buses help support the local economy, but it will contribute to efforts to combat climate change.”

Congressman Brian Higgins:

“The NFTA’s actions to expand the deployment of environmentally friendly busses, with the help of $5 million in federal funding, represents a continued commitment to delivering thoughtful public service. Adding to the NFTA’s clean and green fleet furthers efforts to build a healthier community and world.”

The New York Power Authority will oversee the installation of state-of-the-art overhead motorized depot pantograph charging inside the Cold Springs garage. Drivers will be able to park a bus inside the garage and automatically the ceiling-mounted pantograph arm will electrically connect to the roof of the bus to charge its battery overnight.

The electrification initiative is part of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s nation-leading plan to increase the number of electric buses in the state to mitigate climate change, create healthier communities, improve air quality, and boost access to clean transportation in underserved communities. NFTA has committed to having 25 percent of its buses electric by 2025 and 100 percent by 2035. Taking diesel-powered vehicles out of service reduces greenhouse gas emissions and improves air quality in support of New York’s clean energy and climate goals in the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act.   

NYPA President and CEO Gil C. Quiniones

“As one of the largest transit systems in New York State, the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority’s decision to begin electrifying its buses speaks volumes about the importance of improving air quality in heavily trafficked areas. NYPA is pleased to collaborate on modernizing the fleet to help decarbonize the transportation sector and help the state reach its clean energy goals. Decreasing emissions produced by diesel will combat climate change by developing cleaner, quieter, transportation that will lead to a more sustainable future.”

National Grid Regional Director Ken Kujawa

“National Grid is proud to support the NFTA as they electrify their bus fleet,” as we strive to achieve New York State’s goals of expanding the number of electric vehicles and charging stations, we’re committed to supporting the NFTA as well as all of our customers who aspire to bolster their fleets with zero emission vehicles.”

The Niagara Sierra Group, Zero Emission Bus Committee

The Sierra Club applauds the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority for taking this crucial step towards a clean transportation future for communities across Western New York. An investment in electric buses is an investment in public health and climate action, and electrifying our dirtiest buses is a critical step forward to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and unhealthy air pollution especially in the hard-hit communities of color.  We look forward to continuing to work with NFTA to ensure an economically resilient, sustainable, and 100% pollution-free bus fleet."

 

BUFFALO, N.Y.  - The Niagara Frontier Transit Metro System is the winner of the 2020 Bus and Rail Safety and Security Gold Excellence Award. The high honor is from the American Public Transportation Association.

APTA recognized Metro with the top honor gold award for the implementation of a new light rail/streetcar contractor safety and security program.  The program includes revised policies on right-of-way and blue flag signal protection training, flagman procedures, compliance inspections, updates to lockout/tagout procedures, and personal protective equipment compliance.  The execution of this comprehensive initiative has led to increased safety awareness for contractors performing work within Metro’s light rail system and significantly fewer reportable on-the-job incidents. 

“The implementation of these initiatives demonstrates the NFTA’s ongoing commitment to pursuing the highest level of safety and security for Metro passengers, employees, and our community for which this recognition is appreciated,” said Tom George, Director of Public Transportation at the NFTA. 

The APTA Bus and Rail Safety and Security Excellence Awards recognizes public transit providers for their pioneering and proactive safety and security programs.  Nominations are evaluated on four criteria: effectiveness, benefit level, innovation, and transferability. These awards help to benchmark winning programs across the transit industry so other systems can implement improvements based on the successes of their peers. 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                             February 9, 2021

      

NFTA Board Meeting on February 25, 2021

 

In keeping with the guidance and directives of local, state, and national health authorities including the Centers for Disease Control relating to COVID-19 and pursuant to Executive Order No. 202.1, issued by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority’s (the “NFTA”) Board of Commissioners meeting scheduled for February 25, 2021, at 12:30 p.m. will be held telephonically by conference call.  Only the Executive Director, Chair (or Acting Chair), Commissioners of the NFTA, and essential staff of the NFTA will be permitted to be present in-person for the meeting.  The public will have the ability to view and listen to the meeting by accessing the NFTA’s website at www.nfta.com.  The meeting will be recorded and later transcribed.  

New Easy-to-Use “Card Decks” Provide Step-by-Step Guidance for Riders and Travelers Living with Autism and Cognitive Challenges

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                             January 27, 2021

 

BUFFALO, N.Y. – The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority, in partnership with Magnusmode, launched a free app that assists NFTA- Metro riders as well as air travelers at the Buffalo Airport with cognitive disabilities. It’s called, MagnusCards, it’s a free app now featuring NFTA card decks.

The NFTA card decks  increase travel accessibility for those with cognitive disabilities by using digital guides to help people access the airports, bus, and rail. Magnus, an interactive character, acts as the guide providing the user with reassurances and reinforcing routine. The card deck uses pictures along with plain language text to offer step-by-step travel instructions.

“MagnusCards allow us to help all of our riders and air travelers experience the exceptional customer service at our airports, and Metro bus and rail,” said Kim Minkel, executive director of the NFTA. “This is another step in our ongoing efforts to make mobility as inclusive as possible in the Western New York Community.”

“Airports, and transit systems are busy and complex environments,” said Nadia Hamilton, Founder and President of Magnusmode. “It can all be overwhelming for people with cognitive special needs and their families. By making activities more predictable and manageable – for example, going through security screening – MagnusCards reduce the stress and anxiety that often accompanies air travel.”

Magnusmode founder Nadia Hamilton is a past 43 North winner, having this innovative tool available for Western New Yorkers is important for the community first organization. 

“43North is excited to see Magnusmode’s technology on full display around our region,” said Colleen Heidinger, President of 43North. “We’re proud that the NFTA cares about making mobility more inclusive in this community and think this partnership will also serve as an example for other sectors to see the impact of Magnusmode’s innovation.”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                             January 13, 2021

       

In keeping with the guidance and directives of local, state, and national health authorities including the Centers for Disease Control relating to COVID-19 and pursuant to Executive Order No. 202.1, issued by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority’s (the “NFTA”) Board of Commissioners meeting scheduled for January 28, 2021, at 12:30 p.m. will be held telephonically by conference call.  Only the Executive Director, Chair (or Acting Chair), Commissioners of the NFTA, and essential staff of the NFTA will be permitted to be present in-person for the meeting.  The public will have the ability to view and listen to the meeting by accessing the NFTA’s website at www.nfta.com.  The meeting will be recorded and later transcribed.  

It's up to Western New York for USA Today's 10 Best

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                             January 13, 2021

              

BUFFALO, N.Y.,- The Buffalo Niagara International Airport has been recognized by USA Today as one of the best small airports in the country. But we all know it is the absolute best. You can help make it number one. Voting is open at  www.10best.com/awards/travel/best-small-airport-2020/ and anyone visiting the site is welcomed to vote once a day, now through noon February 1.

USA Today praises the Buffalo Airport, and other nominees, for friendliness, ease of use, amenities and flight offerings. It classifies “small” as any facility serving under 10 million passengers annually, which only makes it small relative to super airports like O’Hare and LAX. A previous J.D. Power winner, the Buffalo Airport is proud that another group has noticed how nice it is flying out of Buffalo.

If you are proud of your hometown airport, you can show it too. Vote and vote often. This is our year Buffalo!

 

ABOUT THE NFTA

The NFTA is a regional multi-modal transportation authority responsible for airport and surface transportation in Erie and Niagara counties. NFTA/NFTM businesses include a bus, rail, and paratransit system, the Buffalo Niagara International Airport and the Niagara Falls International Airport. 

 




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